Parisian Jeweler Lydia Courteille Upcycles Vintage Gold And Stones Into Unique Contemporary Creations

It has become more obvious than ever in recent years just how precious our planet is, including the treasured gems produced by the earth’s constant geological movements that may have taken billions of years to form. Independent French haute joaillerie designer Lydia Courteille is forging her own path by eschewing the mainstream designs of large, established brands to make jewels that are unconventional yet rare, beautiful and extremely sophisticated. After visiting an antique jeweler in the hope of repairing an old wristwatch, she discovered a passion for jewelry, which led her to become a certified gemologist and start collecting 18th-century and 19th-century jewels, artist jewelry by the likes of Niki de Saint-Phalle or Man Ray and

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